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Two-man
The two-man team has a pilot, who steers the sled by pulling on two ropes attached to the sled's front runners, and a brakeman, who stops the sled by lifting a lever to lower metal in the ice. The pilot occupies the front position, and the brakeman sits in the back.

The maximum weight of the sled including the two riders is 390 kg, or about 859 pounds. Teams can add ballast to the sled to achieve maximum weight. The maximum length of the sled is 2.70 meters and the maximum width .67 meters.

Bobsled will be contested at Utah Olympic Park during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games. The track is 1,335 meters long and has five start areas for the different events (luge, bobsled and skeleton). One of the fastest courses in the world, Utah Olympic Park features 15 curves for bobsled.

At Salt Lake, women will compete in the two-woman event for the first time in an Olympic Games.

Four-man
The four-man team has a pilot, who steers the sled, a brakeman, who stops the sled at the end of the race, and two pushers, who act as ballast and assist in the push. The maximum weight of the sled including the four riders is 630 kg, or about 1,388 pounds. Teams can add ballast to achieve maximum weight. The maximum length of the sled is 3.80 meters and the maximum width is .67 meters.

Women do not compete in the four-man event.

 


 
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